Food Waste Update
We recently wrote a blog post revealing the shocking amount of food that supermarkets waste every week. With Tesco throwing away 55,400 tonnes of food a year, and other nationwide supermarkets discarding a similar amount, time, energy and resources are being wasted. This is not to mention household waste – which in 2012 was calculated to be 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable household food and drink annually.
In AMA Skip Hire’s World Environment Day post, we outlined our dream for the environment – the aim to reduce waste and increase recycling across the nation. It’s upsetting to hear stories of families relying on food banks when so many resources are being thrown away. According to the Trussell Trust, 13m people live below the poverty line in the UK. At AMA we think that food should be going to those that need it most, rather than being thrown carelessly in the bin.
Since we published our blog post about supermarket waste, Tesco have started to make our dream a reality. The supermarket chain recently announced that 300,000 tonnes of its discarded food will go to charity. They have teamed up with food redistribution charity FareShare to hand over unwanted food. This is a really positive step towards decreasing food waste and helping the environment.
Tesco’s plans to give discarded food to those who need it follows in the footsteps of France, where it is now illegal for large supermarkets to throw away food. They are legally obliged to hand it to charities or use it as animal feed.
Here at AMA we’re pleased to hear that a supermarket giant is taking steps to decrease food waste, and we hope that many more will follow their lead. We are committed to environmental issues, and look to recycle as much waste as possible. Our current recycling rate is 85% of waste found in skips, which is good, but we’re always looking for more.